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CzarChasm
Mar 14, 2009

Blah Blah Blah
Look at me
I'm the Goddamn Batman
Blah Blah Blah


Hello true believers, have a question about how people close to Superman can be fooled by a pair of glasses and mussed up hair?

Want to know how all the Robins died?

Why is Aunt May still alive?

How many kids do Cyclops and Jean Grey have, anyway?

Well here's the place to ask your questions a comic characters, history, and the industry itself.

There are a few things that should not be brought up here however:

*Questions about the sex lives of superheroes/villains
Those answers can be found on DeviantArt or Rule34. No one cares what you beat it to.

*Who's better Marvel or DC? Artist A or Writer X?
Those aren't usually paths that lead to good answers or discussions. Though you could ask why a certain someone's art always looks like porn poses...

*Who would win in a fight, Pre-crisis Superman or Wolverine with the Power Cosmic?
A fun thought experiment, but nothing more. Again, no one cares what you beat it to.

*Discussion about topics that already have threads.
That's what the other threads are there for. Ask about comic movie stuff in the Comic Movie thread. A lost of series have their own threads: Transformers, Green Lantern, X-men

*What comic should I read next?
There's nothing wrong with this question, but you're probably better off asking in the Recommendation Thread

Also, go ahead and feel free to ask "What is my collection of comics worth?" but there are really only two answers:
1) Only what someone is willing to pay for it.
2) Not much. Probably less than 50 cents each.

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Molybdenum
Jun 24, 2007
Melting Point ~2622C

Sorry this is a price check on the first page, but I'm having trouble finding info online.

I have a white cover street fighter ultimate edition. I can find the black evil ryu cover and the akuma cover but not the white ryu cover. Any ideas on the price of it?

Edit

http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/L...3e-6e3ecc609676

Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Which writer is responsible for inventing the Speed Force as a concept?

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

Metal Loaf posted:

Which writer is responsible for inventing the Speed Force as a concept?

Mark Waid.

Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


That's actually quite surprising. It doesn't seem that recent.

Soonmot
Dec 19, 2002

Entrapta fucking loves robots


Grimey Drawer

gently caress me, I really hate the comixology reader! Is there a program that converts comixology files in .cbr? I read on my laptop and flip it bookways when I get digital comics. Even using my settings to rotate the screen sideways, Comixology, on full screen is a pile of poo poo that makes me scroll.

How the gently caress are pirated comics able to be read more conveniently than ones that actually see the creators getting paid?

Soonmot fucked around with this message at 02:44 on Feb 27, 2014

Teenage Fansub
Jan 28, 2006



I used to be able to grab the page jpgs from Firefox's cache after loading the comic. That hasn't worked in a while.

I don't think it's a bad except for going pretty low res on double page spreads. You should check out the Marvel Unlimited reader. Woof.

Aphrodite
Jun 27, 2006



Soonmot posted:

How the gently caress are pirated comics able to be read more conveniently than ones that actually see the creators getting paid?

They scan them from the actual books.

Mimir
Nov 26, 2012


Has there ever been a Batman story titled "Dark Knight of the Soul"?

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

Metal Loaf posted:

That's actually quite surprising. It doesn't seem that recent.

It's not especially recent. Mark Waid's run started with this issue, in mid-1992. That's as far from this issue as it is from this one.

Soonmot
Dec 19, 2002

Entrapta fucking loves robots


Grimey Drawer

Teenage Fansub posted:

I used to be able to grab the page jpgs from Firefox's cache after loading the comic. That hasn't worked in a while.

I don't think it's a bad except for going pretty low res on double page spreads. You should check out the Marvel Unlimited reader. Woof.

That doesn't get me Rat Queens when my LCS forgets to order it. I'd love to go totally digital and just get trades from Amazon, but reading on comixology is poo poo. I mean, I guess I could just buy it from comixology and then hit up the pbay, but at some point I'm just going to decide it's easier to pirate a readable format instead of pay and pirate.

\/\/\/ But a tablet is even smaller than my laptop screen? .cbrs flipped 90 degrees read perfectly.

Soonmot fucked around with this message at 05:19 on Feb 27, 2014

Aphrodite
Jun 27, 2006



Time for a tablet.

Uthor
Jul 9, 2006

Gummy Bear Heaven ... It's where I go when the world is too mean.

Soonmot posted:

\/\/\/ But a tablet is even smaller than my laptop screen? .cbrs flipped 90 degrees read perfectly.

What resolution is your laptop screen? My 9" Nook HD+ has a 1080p screen, cost $150 on sale, and is much nicer to read comics on than my 1366x768 15" laptop turned sideways, not to mention the size and bulk of a laptop and being able to hold a tablet closer to your face and the tablet having much better viewing angles. My friend has the older Nexus 7 with a 1280800 7" screen and has almost no problems (has to zoom in a bit on double page spreads).

McSpanky
Jan 16, 2005






Continuing a discussion about the Golden Age from the old thread:

Random Stranger posted:

Roy Thomas is the last of the golden age fan boys. And I mean that literally; he was a fanboy in the late 40's/early 50's. Made a fanzine, had a letter printed in an early issue of Fantastic Four even (I want to say #5, but I don't want to get up to check). Once he got into comics he spent a lot of time messing about with golden age continuity and reinvigorating a lot of those old characters.

I'm a giant comics history nerd and from the golden age the stuff I get is pretty limited. I have a bit of the Superman and Batman stuff though I don't go after it. There's only two superhero "books" (to use the term very loosely) I'd unhesitately recommend from that period: Plastic Man and The Spirit (technically a newspaper insert). Jack Cole was doing some strange, fun stuff and Will Eisner is recognized as a genius for good reason. I also have a fondness for the golden age Spectre stories for being... well... the Spectre and Captain Marvel is more like a silver age book in tone than a golden age one (Otto Binder being responsible for that).

Let me turn this into a question: what other golden age super hero books are worth checking out for anything beyond a historical perspective?

I just wanted to C/P this to see if anyone else could contribute because I'm a history nerd and Golden Age fan too.

DivineCoffeBinge posted:

IIRC, wasn't the JSA explicitly designed to contain characters who didn't have series of their own?

Yes, and that's why the membership rotated on a relatively frequent basis -- when a member "graduated" to their own book they left and another character from an anthology/backup took their place. It was a pretty good way to keep up exposure on lesser-known characters and gain crossover readership from fans of different characters.

irlZaphod
Mar 26, 2004

Kiss the Joycon to Kiss Zelda



Soonmot posted:

\/\/\/ But a tablet is even smaller than my laptop screen? .cbrs flipped 90 degrees read perfectly.
Guided mode on a tablet is brilliant for reading comics.

NathanCable
Jul 18, 2009



Uthor posted:

What resolution is your laptop screen? My 9" Nook HD+ has a 1080p screen, cost $150 on sale, and is much nicer to read comics on than my 1366x768 15" laptop turned sideways, not to mention the size and bulk of a laptop and being able to hold a tablet closer to your face and the tablet having much better viewing angles. My friend has the older Nexus 7 with a 1280800 7" screen and has almost no problems (has to zoom in a bit on double page spreads).

Yeah, I really think this is either a resolution problem, or else you need to commit to guided view.

I've used Comixology on a laptop, HTC One and 7-inch tablet and never had any problems reading any of it: full-screen isn't the easiest to read, but the guided view is really organic, draws your eyes to the relevant portions of the page and there's never been any issues with resizing or the like.

Endless Mike
Aug 13, 2003

Get running
Start pumping your bunions, I'm coming
I'm the dumbest, who flamethrow your function to Funyons
Flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest
Now face the flame fuckers your fame and fate's done with



I don't have any issues reading on my iPad Air without using guided mode. Even double page spreads are usually easy to read in landscape.

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009



McSpanky posted:

I just wanted to C/P this to see if anyone else could contribute because I'm a history nerd and Golden Age fan too.

Just to pick it up a little for you, I'm very disappointed that so little of golden age Captain Marvel is collected. There are five archive volumes, a couple of "best of" books, and a decades out of print and horribly expensive edition of The Monster Society of Evil. Even if you get all of that, you've only got about 1/10th of golden age output for Captain Marvel.

DC's always had a problem with what to do with their golden age stuff. There's an audience for it, but it's tiny. Of course, Marvel has done even less with their golden age material...

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Random Stranger posted:

Just to pick it up a little for you, I'm very disappointed that so little of golden age Captain Marvel is collected. There are five archive volumes, a couple of "best of" books, and a decades out of print and horribly expensive edition of The Monster Society of Evil. Even if you get all of that, you've only got about 1/10th of golden age output for Captain Marvel.

DC's always had a problem with what to do with their golden age stuff. There's an audience for it, but it's tiny. Of course, Marvel has done even less with their golden age material...

Really? They have released a good amount in Marvel Masterworks format. I am still pissed that they said they were releasing a trade of The Monster Society of Evil, but cancelled it.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Is AXM #38 the first time Lockheed has a conversation the issue where he has a reunion with Kitty after she comes back?

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009



bobkatt013 posted:

Really? They have released a good amount in Marvel Masterworks format. I am still pissed that they said they were releasing a trade of The Monster Society of Evil, but cancelled it.

DC has published 110 golden age archives, though very few of them are complete runs (the Spirit, obviously makes a up a huge chunk of that). Their biggest failing is with Captain Marvel who, like I said, they're missing about 90% of his golden age stories but even Batman's archives stopped with about eight years to go until they hit the silver age reprints.

Marvel has printed 30 Masterworks volumes of golden age material. Now in total fairness to Marvel, their golden age library is a lot smaller than DC who absorbed a dozen publishers over the years. So percentage-wise they come out better than DC, but not by much. Also, only the slightest of their golden age masterwork collections are complete. DC managed to at least complete a few of their big projects before they stopped publishing their archives.

zoux posted:

Is AXM #38 the first time Lockheed has a conversation the issue where he has a reunion with Kitty after she comes back?

Lockheed talked to a giant dragon in a Claremont era issue, but we didn't get to understand the dialog. Since then he's been shown to be intelligent and capable of conversation from time to time, though I don't recall him ever talking to humans (I haven't read that story so I'm not sure that's what you were referring to).

Uncle Boogeyman
Jul 22, 2007



Wait, DC is no longer doing the archive editions? That's a bit disappointing. I have the Golden Age Hawkman one and it's great, I've been meaning to snag the Dr. Fate and Charlton Action Heroes ones.

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Random Stranger posted:

DC has published 110 golden age archives, though very few of them are complete runs (the Spirit, obviously makes a up a huge chunk of that). Their biggest failing is with Captain Marvel who, like I said, they're missing about 90% of his golden age stories but even Batman's archives stopped with about eight years to go until they hit the silver age reprints.

Marvel has printed 30 Masterworks volumes of golden age material. Now in total fairness to Marvel, their golden age library is a lot smaller than DC who absorbed a dozen publishers over the years. So percentage-wise they come out better than DC, but not by much. Also, only the slightest of their golden age masterwork collections are complete. DC managed to at least complete a few of their big projects before they stopped publishing their archives.


Lockheed talked to a giant dragon in a Claremont era issue, but we didn't get to understand the dialog. Since then he's been shown to be intelligent and capable of conversation from time to time, though I don't recall him ever talking to humans (I haven't read that story so I'm not sure that's what you were referring to).

He talk to Brand all the time, but off screen or she was the only one who could understand.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



bobkatt013 posted:

He talk to Brand all the time, but off screen or she was the only one who could understand.

Yeah the issue I'm referring to has his dialogue translated, I just didn't know if that was the first time.

prefect
Sep 11, 2001

No one, Woodhouse.
No one.






Dead Man’s Band

Random Stranger posted:

Lockheed talked to a giant dragon in a Claremont era issue, but we didn't get to understand the dialog. Since then he's been shown to be intelligent and capable of conversation from time to time, though I don't recall him ever talking to humans (I haven't read that story so I'm not sure that's what you were referring to).

X-Men #181, as the team returned from Secret Wars. (If anyone was interested.)

Random Stranger
Nov 27, 2009



Uncle Boogeyman posted:

Wait, DC is no longer doing the archive editions? That's a bit disappointing. I have the Golden Age Hawkman one and it's great, I've been meaning to snag the Dr. Fate and Charlton Action Heroes ones.

I could have sworn that they were shutting down the line but it looks like they've just cut way back on the production. Since July of last year only one has been released and the only archive on the schedule is in May. That may be winding things down, or two to three books a year could be the new plan going forward.

Big Bad Voodoo Lou
Jan 1, 2006



Uncle Boogeyman posted:

Wait, DC is no longer doing the archive editions? That's a bit disappointing. I have the Golden Age Hawkman one and it's great, I've been meaning to snag the Dr. Fate and Charlton Action Heroes ones.

If you're interested, I have Action Heroes Archives Volume 2, which includes all the Ditko Blue Beetle and Question stories as well as the rest of his Captain Atom.

Shameless
Dec 22, 2004

We're all so ugly and stupid and doomed.

bobkatt013 posted:

Really? They have released a good amount in Marvel Masterworks format. I am still pissed that they said they were releasing a trade of The Monster Society of Evil, but cancelled it.

Wasn't that because some of the depictions of non-white races in the book is... problematic to say the least. I know, "different times" and all that, and it is a comic book classic, but you can understand them not wanting to reprint.

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Shameless posted:

Wasn't that because some of the depictions of non-white races in the book is... problematic to say the least. I know, "different times" and all that, and it is a comic book classic, but you can understand them not wanting to reprint.

It sucks, but they are historical documents. If they refuse to reprint anything that is "probematic" then nothing in history would be released. Release it as is with a warning, and see what happens.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



When they kill off a character, does that decision come from editorial or a writer typically?

SirDan3k
Jan 6, 2001

Trust me, you are taking this a lot more seriously then I am.


zoux posted:

When they kill off a character, does that decision come from editorial or a writer typically?

Hard to give a definite answer on that but with established characters it probably starts with the writer 90% of the time and editorial just has to okay it.

picosecond
Dec 9, 2006

one millionth of one millionth of a second

What exactly is Wonder Woman's powerset at this point? Here's what I remember from childhood: Super-strength, speed, reflexes and endurance; some kind of magical sense(s); ability to see through the eyes of animals; super-healing powers (sometimes through a thing called the Purple Ray); some sort of telekinetic control over that invisible glop that her invisible jet is made from; some kind of direct line to the Greek gods where she'd get a power boost from them sometimes, if she needed it (and proved herself worthy - she had to do that constantly because the Greek gods are assholes, apparently). How much of that do I have right, and how much has changed in the new reboot?

Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


I think it's pretty rare for editors to mandate a character death. I guess the biggest example is Jean Grey.

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Metal Loaf posted:

I think it's pretty rare for editors to mandate a character death. I guess the biggest example is Jean Grey.

They also attempted with Nightwing

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Metal Loaf posted:

I think it's pretty rare for editors to mandate a character death. I guess the biggest example is Jean Grey.

Which time?

So like for say Nightcrawler it was just Mike Carey going, hey I wanna kill this guy off for story/character reasons, that cool? And then the writers on all the other X-books get a memo saying, "Oh BTW, this dude is about to be killed in this crossover event, so I hope you didn't have any big plans that involved him.

How much communication/collaborations goes on between authors of different but connected books?

Waterhaul
Nov 5, 2005


it was a nice post,
you shouldn't have signed it.





Originally Jean was supposed to survive the Dark Phoenix and have a normal life with Scott but editorial thought her charter was gone beyond saving for blowing up a planet as Phoenix so the story was changed to her dying.

For all characters deaths it all depends really. Nightcrawler's death was because they wanted to kill off someone to make the event like a big deal and Kurt could easily be written off without effecting any books while still being popular enough for it to "matter". Since it was an event it was also an editoral things.

For recent things Ultimate Spider-Man was because Bendis got fed up with Peter and wanted to change things, there's an upcoming event where The Watcher is being killed and that's all editorial. In the recent X-Men Legacy Legion "dies" because that's was Spurrier's plan for the character.

bobkatt013
Oct 8, 2006

You’re telling me Peter Parker is ...... Spider-man!?


Waterhaul posted:

In the recent X-Men Legacy Legion "dies" because that's was Spurrier's plan for the character.

Who?

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Speaking of what are the spoiler rules around here, there's nothing in the rules thread.

Waterhaul
Nov 5, 2005


it was a nice post,
you shouldn't have signed it.





zoux posted:

Speaking of what are the spoiler rules around here, there's nothing in the rules thread.

There was stuff in the rules thread but it was got rid of because I think BSS has got to the point where everyone is alright for spoilers. Rule of thumb is that if the book is out you don't need to spoil it but commons sense and being considerate of other posters is always the main thing.

For example with the Nightcrawler bit I didn't spoil it because the character has already returned from the dead so them dying isn't really a big deal.

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Wheat Loaf
Feb 13, 2012

by FactsAreUseless


Waterhaul posted:

Originally Jean was supposed to survive the Dark Phoenix and have a normal life with Scott but editorial thought her charter was gone beyond saving for blowing up a planet as Phoenix so the story was changed to her dying.

Yes, I believe Claremont wrote the scene with the intention that the planet would be uninhabited and Lilandra was going after her because she could have destroyed a populated planet, but when Byrne drew it he added in some aliens who ended up getting wiped out. It didn't sit well with Shooter.

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